Questioning Technique Review and Scenario Specification for the CF Counter-IEDD Operator Training Course


  1. Hou, M.
  2. Kramer, C.
  3. Banbury, S.
  4. Lepard, M.
  5. Osgoode, K.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
This document presents the results of scenario generation of a Canadian Forces (CF) Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) Operator Course and literature review of Questioning Techniques. The IEDD scenario was developed with the support of the course instructors to represent CF Counter-IED operational realities and complexities for student training on their witness questioning and threat assessment skills. The scenario has built-in verbal and visual situation awareness elements for students to determine the correct render safe procedure for three types of possible IED threats (command, timed, and victim-operated). To develop instructional contents in the scenario and student questioning technique (QT) performance criteria used by the IEDD intelligent tutoring system (ITS), a literature research was conducted to review the use of QT across the medical, professional, psychological, and police domains. The results of the review on QT demonstrated consistent themes across domains. Overlapping strategies that directly support the current teachings of the IEDD course were included as ‘good practices’. Differences between current literature and the course were included as recommendations for either the course, the ITS, or both. Recommendations include a proposed questioning framework and enhanced performance evaluation for IEDD course instructors.

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intelligent tutoring system;intelligent tutoring technology;adaptive learning;questioning technique;distance learning;IED disposal training;interview skills;situation assessment;threat detection
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-TR-2013-061 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 May 2013
Number of Pages
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